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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While songwriter J.J. Cale has established himself as an elusive and even reluctant legend in popular music with his sporadic string of releases over the last 38 years, he's never drastically changed his approach. Cale is a workmanlike songwriter whose roots in blues, Okie folk, and roots rock music have been informing his tales of travel, nocturnal pleasure, and everyday life all the while. Even the acclaimed but spaced out Travel Log which was Cale's equivalent to Neil Young's Trans never managed to root his sound that far afield from its wellspring. 2009's Roll On, is more strange, laid-back grooves and road-weary tales of quark strangeness and charm from an inveterate ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While songwriter J.J. Cale has established himself as an elusive and even reluctant legend in popular music with his sporadic string of releases over the last 38 years, he's never drastically changed his approach. Cale is a workmanlike songwriter whose roots in blues, Okie folk, and roots rock music have been informing his tales of travel, nocturnal pleasure, and everyday life all the while. Even the acclaimed but spaced out Travel Log which was Cale's equivalent to Neil Young's Trans never managed to root his sound that far afield from its wellspring. 2009's Roll On, is more strange, laid-back grooves and road-weary tales of quark strangeness and charm from an inveterate master. Where the erratic but acclaimed Road to Escondido with Eric Clapton reeked of laziness and kitsch, Roll On is steeped deep in slow boogie, slower jump jazz, swampy blues, and minor-key laid-back guitar workouts. Cale not only plays guitar and sings here, but on almost all of these cuts he does double and triple duty on drums, bass, and even Rhodes piano! His guests -- including Dave Teegarden and Jim Keltner on drums on a track each, and Clapton on one number -- only appear on four of these dozen tracks. Check, "Who Knew?," the jazzy shuffle that opens the set. Cale plays everything but the drum kit Teegarden, and lays down a smoking set of Wes Montgomery-esque chords as well as some funky Rhodes. His syncopated vocals all slip right down the backbone of the blues with lyrics worthy of Louis Jordan. "Where the Sun Don't Shine" commences with some spooky synth loops that could have come from Travel Log, and beefy guitars, with a rudimentary snare and hi-hat keeping the I-IV-V progression moving and popping. The guitars are pure Cale choogle and the bassline is just off enough from the main rhythmic progression to add a freaky twist. Other standouts include the acoustic electric boogie "Strange Days," with some mutant five-string banjo and mandolin work from the artist; the triple-time, space groove of "Fonda-Lina" that feels like it was taken from a B-movie soundtrack during a motel lounge scene, and the popping roots rock of the title track with Slowhand and Keltner. This is a set that proves that Cale is still a vital artist who has a few interesting tricks up his sleeve, even if he doesn't change his attack all that much. Hell, he doesn't need to, he's got weight, sleight of hand, and the Okie soul in every cell of his being, and it all comes out in the tunes. This one is solid from top to bottom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661325821
  • Catalog Number: 613258
  • Sales rank: 23,375

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who Knew (3:30)
  2. 2 Former Me (2:48)
  3. 3 Where the Sun Don't Shine (3:07)
  4. 4 Down to Memphis (3:05)
  5. 5 Strange Days (3:10)
  6. 6 Cherry Street (3:44)
  7. 7 Fonda-Lina (3:21)
  8. 8 Leaving in the Morning (2:37)
  9. 9 Oh Mary (3:34)
  10. 10 Old Friend (3:56)
  11. 11 Roll On (4:43)
  12. 12 Bring Down the Curtain (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
J.J. Cale Primary Artist
Jim Keltner Drums
David Chapman Bass
Eric Clapton Guitar
Jim Karstein Drums
Christine Lakeland Acoustic Guitar
Mark Leonard Bass
Jimmy Markham Harmonica
Bill Raffenspeger Bass
Walt Richmond Piano
Steve Ripley Acoustic Guitar
David Teegarden Drums
John "Juke" Logan Harmonica
Shelby Eicher Mandolin
Rocky Frisco Keyboards
Don White Guitar
Glen Dee Piano
Technical Credits
Ed Barton Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
David Chapman Engineer
David Teegarden Engineer
Mike Kappus Executive Producer, Representation
Mike Test Engineer
Rachel E. Sullivan Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    desert island disk

    I liked this disk from the moment I put it into my player. The more I listened the more I heard how the likes of Eric Clapton, Santana, and James McMurtry got their own sound! I could not make myself sit still when "Where the Sun Don't Shine" and "Roll on" were blasting out of the speakers at me.

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